With the football Blue-White game being today, it would be remiss to let the baseball Wildcats' efforts go by unrecognized.
Last night the Bat Cats pulled out a gritty 11-7 victory against the #24-ranked Florida Gators. Leading 6 to 5 in the top of the 7th, Florida's center-fielder Matt den Dekker hit a 2-run homer to put the Gators in front. But in the bottom of the 8th, the Wildcats got busy, scoring 5 runs to take control of the game.
Special credit to Senior relief pitcher Andrew Albers, who pitched the final 4 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned run) on 2 hits. Andrews cool and strong presence on the mound allowed the Wildcats offense the time to get rolling. And roll they did, all night long: Sawyer Carroll earned 5 RBI's on 3-for-5 batting and a home run. Collin Cowgill reached base on all 5 batting attempts (2-2 batting, 2 walks and HBP). Shortstop Chris Wade made his only hit count, scoring the final 2 runs of the game.
The Wildcats are now 29-8, with all 8 losses coming against SEC Opponents. After getting swept by #9 Georgia last weekend, the Wildcats have something to prove against the Gators. Taking the series against the Gators will start the climb up the stacked SEC East.
If you're not going to the Blue-White game today, you might want to take up today's matchup against the Gators at Cliff Hagan. First pitch is at 7PM.
Update [2008-4-20 23:11:49 by Truzenzuzex]: YES! Cats claim the series victory over the Gators! Woooohooo! That one really helps our cause.